Notes: How can we give the 2001 model year a "seal of pretty good" when it has some problems with a slipping transmission and a known problem with the speed activation control switch? Because it's not the 2002. That's how.


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
100,006 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. no fix, have to get rid of car (1 reports)
2001 Ford Explorer engine problems

engine problem

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2001 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 202007

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,006 miles


If you see this car RUN.

This is part one of my series of complaints for this car.

Last Thursday night, I was on my way home on the beltway when something snapped under the hood of my car. I am almost positive it was a belt- nothing too serious. So, I had it towed away to my Ford Dealership ( they will also be an additional complaint).

The next day, I called around 1 to see if they were working on my car, and if any progress had been made. My grandfather had told me it was most likely my timing bely or the alternator, so I was pretty sure the problem would not be that hard to fix. However, I was given the typical Ford Dealership response of "they are testing the car". Yes, I know that this was a 2001, and maybe some of the technology has changed, but it honestly shouldn't take that long To fix. I had the oil changed in October, and there were no problems leading up to this.

So today, about 15 minutes ago ( that's right, an entire week after I had it towed to the shop) I am just hearing from the dealership- they said that the engine seized, and I would have to have it replaced. It is currently sitting at the dealership in pieces- and I have to buy another car because they quoted me a price of $7500 ( to put it in perspective, my mother had her electronic suspension system replaced in her MERCEDES for a little bit more than half the cost of this). I am a high school senior, ad we really cannot afford to keep going back and forth trying to fix this car- considering I am facing a huge tuition bill next fall.

Take my advice; if someone tries to sell you this car, punch them in the face, and RUN.

Unless you are rich, of course.

- , Catonsville, MD, USA

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